Officials warn Pasco residents about approaching storm

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Betty Farrar is very concerned about the approaching storm in the Gulf of Mexico. “I’m preparing; let’s put it that way,” Farrar said.

She lives on Jarvis Street in Holiday in an area that is prone to flooding. Farrar pointed to two lines of debris on her driveway that mark the high water level from an afternoon thunderstorm that happened earlier this week.

Last August her street flooded with more than three feet of water after several days of rain.

Now Pasco County emergency managers are warning the approaching storm may bring up to 10 inches of rain to the coast.

Pasco flooding

Farrar says the county installed a new drain pipe and a pump in her neighborhood after last year’s flood. She hopes it will help.

“Yesterday the water drained off faster than usual, so that was a blessing, so that maybe helped. Maybe we won’t have it too bad this time,” Farrar said.

Pasco County Emergency Services Director Kevin Guthrie says residents should be prepared for rain and wind with the coming storm. “That means that we will have trees that will go down on structures. We’ll have trees go down on cars; we will have trees go into power lines,” Guthrie said.

He is also urging residents in flood=prone areas to call the county as soon as they see rising water so that work crews can try to deal with the water as soon as possible.

“I would ask the residents, as soon as they see a problem, they see water starting to pond and form, they need to call us; they need to call us immediately,” Guthrie said.

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